CLEVELAND: Ryan Raburn hasn’t played since Aug. 18, and it’s uncertain whether he will play when the Indians begin a six-game trip Tuesday night to Atlanta and Detroit.
Calf and heel soreness have plagued Raburn recently, though pain in his calf apparently has diminished to the point where it is not a factor on whether he can play.
“He’s a little better today,” manager Terry Francona said. “Hopefully, he’ll be OK on Tuesday. If he’s not, we’re going to have to think about putting him on the disabled list.”
Raburn wouldn’t have to miss the entire 15 days that go with a trip to the DL, because his addition to the list can be back-dated. But he probably would miss another week, and that’s if his symptoms clear up.
ROSTER MOVE — Josh Tomlin has been removed from the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Columbus, where he is scheduled to get two more starts.
By that time his arm should be stretched to 90 pitches, and he probably will be summoned to Cleveland. Tomlin has been out after undergoing elbow reconstruction surgery.
TO CLARIFY — The 8-year-old boy who asked Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis to hit home runs Saturday night (both did) is Niko Lanzarotta from Strongsville.
A victim of cerebral palsy, Niko came to the game with his parents Mike and Kasia. He has been to Progressive Field for two games this season, both against the Twins, and his mother is pregnant with twins.
His father told a representative of the Tribe, “It was an awesome experience. It was the best day of his life. To meet Carlos, to be that close and for him to hit a home run … to see your kid that happy is a great thing.”
FARM FACTS — Trevor Bauer gave up three runs, five hits and three walks, striking out eight in 5⅓ innings, as Columbus defeated Gwinnett 4-3. … Robert Whitenack gave up one run and one hit in six innings, but Carolina lost to Salem 4-2.
— Sheldon Ocker